In Topsham in Devon is an inn called The Salutation Inn.
Most inns of that name date back centuries and the name refers to the Annunciation - the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. In the seventeenth century the Puritans strongly objected to such signs and they were changed in various ways, some to be changed back after the Restoration.
An old print of the Inn in an art shop showed it once had an ordinary inn sign though the content couldn't be distinguished. But the inn sign for this Salutation Inn is now a broomstick and, being unable to work out why that should be I enquired within.
I obviously wasn't the first person to have enquired and I was told that the broom was a popular sign for an inn, signifying that it was well-kept and clean. A most plausible answer. But I haven't found any evidence to that effect on-line or in any of my half dozen or so books on inn signs. Nor have I ever seen another inn sign of a broom without it relating in some way to witches. Strange.
(For the answer please see Librarian's comment below.)
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